Nestled between the Alps and the River Po, The Lakes region features an exhilarating mix of medieval towns, snow-capped mountains, botanic gardens, and lemon groves.
Influenced by German, Spanish, Austrian, and French cultures, the cuisine in Lombardy is slightly more continental than its neighboring regions, favoring risotto and polenta dishes over pasta. After exploring the surrounding attractions – including one of the world's foremost fashion capitals, Milan, only a short drive away – retreat to your private lakeside villa, where you'll dine on risotto alla Milanese, fresh fish from the lake, regional wines, and local cheeses as you enjoy the incredibly romantic view.
Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and sits on the border of Switzerland. The peaceful lake town of Locarno, which is located on the northern tip of Maggiore, has perfect weather for just about the entire year and a variety of decadent Italian restaurants and gelato shops to choose from. Due to Lake Maggiore's proximity to the southern slopes of the Swiss Alps, many villas in this area villa boast incredible mountain views on a clear day.
This dark-blue lake is the third largest lake in Italy, and is also one of the deepest – and most beautiful – in Europe. Lake Como is best explored on a ferry or rented sailboat. Stop by the village of Bellagio to eat a delicious meal along the water at one of the many lakeside restaurants. Ristorante Bilacus is a great choice, offering a traditional Italian menu and charming views of the village.